March 28, 2018 - 7:00pm

    IC Public Library

    This month Paul and his book buddies are reading Returning to Earth by Jim Harrison.

  • PATRICK NATHAN in coversation with JOSEPH CASSARA

    March 28, 2018 - 7:00pm

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    Patrick Nathan will read from his new novel, Some Hell, published by Graywolf Press. He will be joined in conversation with Writers’ Workshop graduate and author of The House of Impossible Beauties, Joseph Cassara to talk about Some Hell.  “A gripping account of the intricately woven mind of a teenager . . . Nathan has crafted an all-consuming novel in which topics like suicide, homosexuality, parenting, friendship, and psychology make up a precarious tableau in which readers can leave their own subjectivity behind and experience the world from Colin’s singular viewpoint . . . A magnetic first novel combining wit, sex, and apocalyptic reverie.”―Kirkus Reviews, starred review

    Patrick Nathan's short fiction and essays have appeared in Gulf Coast, Boulevard, the Los Angeles Review of Books, and elsewhere. This is his first novel. He lives in Minneapolis.


    March 26, 2018 - 7:00pm

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    Writers’ Workshop graduate Geoffrey G. O’Brien will read from his new poetry collection Experience in Groups. In a time of ascendant fascism and creative political resistance, O'Brien demands that personal tragedies and joys find a pattern within national and global struggle. Publishers Weekly called his poetry “intriguing, thoughtful, and ambitiously layered, drawing from the past to hold a mirror to the present.”

    Geoffrey G. O'Brien is also the author of People on Sunday, Metropole, Green and Gray, and The Guns and Flags Project. He is the coauthor (with John Ashbery and Timothy Donnelly) of Three Poets: Ashbery, Donnelly, O’Brien and (in collaboration with the poet Jeff Clark) of 2A. O’Brien is an Associate Professor in the English Department at UC Berkeley and also teaches for the Prison University Project at San Quentin State Prison.


    March 24, 2018 - 2:00pm

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    Iowa City author and photographer Ina Loewenberg will sign copies of her new memoir A Life à la Carte. Loewenberg tells how she moved from one passionate interest to another over her long life without hesitation and with appreciation for what a woman born in 1931 could and couldn’t achieve.

    Ina Loewenberg has worked as a teacher of philosophy, a tax preparer and a hospital internal auditor. She has twice been an older graduate student, earning degrees in philosophy and accounting. Most recently, she has been an active exhibiting photographer.

    * * Please note: a reading will not accompany this signing. * *



    March 23, 2018 - 7:00pm

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    New York Times bestselling author Michael Perry will read from his two latest books, Montaigne in Barn Boots and Danger: Man Working. “Perry first read Montaigne after suffering from a kidney stone in rural Wisconsin . . . [and] opens the book by electrocuting himself with a pig fencer . . . Perry’s poignant, balanced, achingly funny prose… brings a bit more humanity to an increasingly divisive world.”—Los Angeles Review of Books

    Michael Perry is a humorist, radio host, songwriter, and the New York Times bestselling author of several nonfiction books, including Visiting Tom and Population: 485, as well as a novel, The Jesus Cow. He lives in northern Wisconsin with his family.



    March 21, 2018 - 7:00pm

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    Writers’ Workshop graduates Chris Glomski and Geoffrey Hilsabeck will read from their recent poetry collections.

    Chris Glomski will read from Lit Up. “What attracts one first to Chris Glomski's poetry is its intricacy, that sense of hidden meanings and cryptic revelation shimmering in 'its secret / curving rescissions / and negative spaces.'”—Kevin Killian

    Geoffrey Hilsabeck will read from Riddles, Etc. “Hilsabeck revels in being perplexed by the world, the self, and the novelty of existence, inviting readers to share in that awed confusion through riddles and short bursts of lyricism. It is a joyful experience.”—Publisher’s Weekly

  • The University of Iowa Japanese Program and the International Writing Program present JAPANESE POETRY NOW

    March 20, 2018 - 7:00pm

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    Japanese poets Naha Kanie and Nagae Yuki will read from their work, with translator Jordan A. Yamaji Smith.

    Kanie Naha (カニエ・ナハ) is the author of five poetry collections and is also active as a book designer. He was shortlisted for the Nakahara Chūya Prize twice before winning it in 2016 for his volume Yōi sareta shokutaku (The Laid Table). His most recent book, IC (short for "interchange"), traces the theme of intersectionality by combining tanka, prose, free verse, and blank pages. His work is available in English translation in Cha: An Asian Literary Journal and Tokyo Poetry Journal.

    Nagae Yūki (永方佑樹) first collection, Lonesome Flowers (Monosabishi no hana), received the 2012 Poetry and Thought Newcomer’s Award. Her most recent collection, √3 (2016), employs the language of trigonometry along with images from the worlds of geology, chemistry, and machinery. She studied classical Japanese literature at Keio University. English translations of her work have appeared in Tokyo Poetry Journal, U.S.-Japan Women's Journal, and Vestiges.

    Jordan A. Y. Smith is currently Associate Professor of Inter-cultural Studies  at Josai International University. He primarily translates modern/contemporary Japanese poetry but also works on fiction, plays, and the most challenging genre of them all—advertising copy. He is finishing a book for Routledge on Global Comedy and Humour Studies, and writes poetry between Japanese and English.

    This event is made possible thanks to generous funding by the Japan Foundation Institutional Project Support (IPS) Grant to the University of Iowa and the Center for Asian and Pacific Studies (CSAPS) at the University of Iowa.


    March 18, 2018 - 3:00pm

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    Emily E. LB. Twarog will read and discuss her recent book Politics of the Pantry, about the influential women activists who defined the consumer advocacy movement. “Without grassroots organizing by women throughout the 20th century against rotting ingredients, high food prices, and indecipherable freshness codes, buying food in America would look very different than it does.”—The Atlantic

    Twarog is assistant professor of labor studies and history at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. She directs the Regina V. Polk Women’s Labor Leadership Conference at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.



    March 15, 2018 - 7:00pm

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    Iowa Veterinarian Jennifer Doll will read from her new memoir, Raccoons Stole My Baby Jesus. Jennifer Doll, DVM, is the Medical Director for Iowa Humane Alliance, where she works as a veterinarian, spaying and neutering 30 to 55 cats, dogs, rabbits, rats, pot-bellied pigs, and guinea pigs a day.

    Dr. Doll is a volunteer veterinarian for Witty Kitties Inc. and Animals All About Inc., where she takes in almost every animal that no one else will, expecting to get nothing (including appreciation) in return. After 26 years in practice, the last 19 in Iowa, Dr. Doll has met and wrangled her share of Feral Cats, Black Bears, Cougars, Giant Pythons, and Crocodilians. She lives in Solon, Iowa.

    “I loved it . . . In a delightful tell-it-like-it-is-way, Dr. Doll faces major ethical questions.  What is natural for an animal? . . .  Often she has to rely on her ‘gut’ intuitive instinct to be the tie breaker.” —Temple Grandin


    March 2, 2018 - 7:00pm

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    University of Iowa’s English Society presents the Iowa Writers’ Showcase, a literary reading and fundraiser for the Iowa Youth Writing Project! The IYWP is a brilliant nonprofit organization that provides free writing workshops and literacy events for K-12 students throughout the Iowa City area and beyond. The Showcase will feature distinguished writers Lauren Haldeman, Daniel Khalastchi, Robyn Schiff, Angela Tharpe, and Inara Verzemnieks. Free-will donations to the IYWP will enter attendees into a raffle for one $20 and one $50 Prairie Lights gift card; the larger the donation, the more entries to win. Come show your support for the literary community!